14th Sep 2016
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Gingivitis, periodontitis may cause heart disease

If you believe that poor dental hygiene is confined to your mouth, think again.

A US study published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, has found that oral infections that ruin teeth are linked to an increased risk of heart disease. After a review of the current literature, researchers found that a person with inflammation-causing oral diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, has a greater risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Thomas Van Dyke of the Forsyth Institute says it’s important that we pay attention to these findings. “Given the high prevalence of oral infections, any risk they contribute to future cardiovascular disease is important to public health.

“Periodontitis is not just a dental disease, and it should not be ignored, as it is a modifiable risk factor,” he says.

“The majority of diseases and conditions of ageing, including obesity and type-2 diabetes, have a major inflammatory component that can be made worse by the presence of periodontitis,” Van Dyke says. “Periodontitis is not just a dental disease, and it should not be ignored, as it is a modifiable risk factor,” says Mr Van Dyke.

However, it was also discovered that taking high doses of atorvastatin, a commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering medicine, prevents both periodontal and cardiovascular inflammation, along with reversing existing disease.

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    TREBOR
    22nd Sep 2016
    12:27pm
    I'd have to agree - in my early days I had the most awful run with teeth, and despite leading a very fit lifestyle for most of it, without drinking or smoking and literally on the run, found myself with serious heart artery disease at 50. Same applies to my siblings, and I've always felt that a grossly deprived childhood is the reason for most of our health issues - including the early death of my brother through heart attack.
    Janus
    22nd Sep 2016
    5:26pm
    This is fine for people who can afford to have highest level health cover to cover dental (which it does not do very well), but those who are on a small income from their pension or super, have an uphill battle affording a trip to the dentist.

    Dental care is becoming a luxury item.
    Young Simmo
    22nd Sep 2016
    6:30pm
    Had all my top teeth out in 1958 at age 18. Just had my last 3 bottom teeth out at 76, something doesn't add up there. Maybe the top ones were plastic, and the bottom were Diamond coated.
    particolor
    22nd Sep 2016
    7:31pm
    And I'm going in for Heart Surgery Which will cost the Hell of lot more than fixing my Teeth in the First place !! :-) :-) :-)
    particolor
    22nd Sep 2016
    7:34pm
    Hullo Simmo !! I might have Crack at a few comments on that "Sex Toys for Mums" up the top there !! :-) :-) :-)
    VicCherikoff
    22nd Sep 2016
    9:51pm
    Wow. So much for sensible treatments. The good doctor must have shares in Big Pharma. Google "atorvastatin side effects" and see the effects of this drug at recommended doses. A high dose would be just dumb.

    There are much better ways to sanitize your mouth and kill the bacteria causing the periodontal disease and gingivitis. Google 'Herbal-Active" as a natural antimicrobial that at 1% (1g in 99ml of water) will kill all micro-organisms and it is just a mix of herbs and spices that are in your pantry right now. OK. So how it is put together and the range of applications for which it is now used are innovative but it is still natural and totally safe. NO effects other than killing the nasties and certainly no huge listing of possible lethal 'side-effects'. It has successfully treated periodontal disease in dogs and is now in an oral care range in the USA. I prefer natural alternatives to synthetic ones any day.
    Boof
    23rd Sep 2016
    10:48am
    Wwhen bulk billing came to pass, M.D.s had exclusive rights. Dentists went on to charge like wounded bulls. Nothing has changed. My neighbour 76 had a problem & was told he needed root canal to save his yooth which anounted to $1,500. He could not afford this. He became relyant on the aged pension, through mo failt of his own. The NSW Health Dept. told him that they would pay for his tooth to be pulled out, but not to have root canal. That's why U see lots of older Australians, on the aged pension, although proud as they may be, walking around with "gummy smiles". It is disgraceful. Ee are not as "lucky, as in Licky Country". as some would believe.
    Boof
    23rd Sep 2016
    10:51am
    ie "Lucky Country". Froidying slip". + bad typing.
    particolor
    23rd Sep 2016
    5:14pm
    Yes, and that Yooth should pay His own way in this Licky Country :-) :-)
    Boof
    24th Sep 2016
    11:11pm
    I may have had a couple shots of rum B4 typing that. But. I don't merember.
    Young Simmo
    24th Sep 2016
    11:17pm
    Well I'm 76, had an engine rebuild (Triple Bypass) and got no teeth left. Now I am going to put my order in for my 110th birthday presents.
    Young Simmo
    25th Sep 2016
    12:12am
    Yeh Parti, a block of Swan Export will get you off the hook. He, He.
    At the front door of course.
    Boof
    25th Sep 2016
    6:02pm
    Drink rum. Young Simmo. It doesn't harm Ur liver. Still kills brain cells if U drink enough of it, but so does the other spirits.. Good partying. I'm only 73. A youngster.
    Young Simmo
    25th Sep 2016
    6:48pm
    Yeh Boof, you still have the cradle marks on your bum.


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